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Scotts Valley

Service Above Self

We meet Mondays at 12:15 PM
Four Points by Sheraton
5030 Scotts Valley Drive
Scotts Valley, CA  95066
United States of America
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Tina S. Friend was our speaker at the last meeting. She took the reigns of City Manager of Scotts Valley this last July. She spoke of the City’s Projects and Initiatives; the tight financial situation and measures to curb expenditures and increase revenues. Thank you Tina! 
Prior to that she worked for 14 years for Santa Cruz as Assistant City Manager., from 2010. She brings a wealth of leadership skills to her new role. She graduated from Santa Clara University School of Law; Magna Cum Laude 1995-1999.
Tina lives in Aptos with her husband Zack Friend, Santa Cruz Second District Supervisor, and son. Tina is one of our first Associate members under the Corporate Membership category.
You are invited to attend our annual Rotary fundraiser - A Hawaiian Musical Festival on April 18 at the Scotts Valley Community Center!  
Tickets at: hawaiianmusicfestival@brownpaparetickets.com 
Bill didnt win the raffle drawing so we presented him with “The Kahuna” till the next drawing.
The little statue is a ‘tiki’ or a carving of a god who was used in Polynesia to give certain powers. We call it the Kahuna and we give it to the person with the lucky ticket who draws for the black marble for the weekly money prize of $50. If they don’t pull the black marble they lose and get the Kahuna for the week to compensate!
Hung Wei, the District 5170 Membership Chair made a great presentation! Hung Wei came to the U.S. in 1979, and received a Masters Degree teaching English as a second language from UCLA. She served as a school volunteer for many years in many roles and School Board and member President for the Fremont High School District. She was also Board member of the Asia American Parents Assoc. Membership Director of the League of Women Voters Cupertino-Sunnyvale, and a Past-President and active member of the Rotary Club of Cupertino. Currently serving as a Membership Chair for Rotary District 5170.
“Speaking about the meaning of Rotary and service and how Rotarians working together can do more for our community. She shared her Rotary “moment” -a story about a fellow Cupertino Rotarian who grew up poor and when he needed something he received it-new shoes, clothes, school supplies. He didn’t know who the invisible giver was but thought maybe it was a Rotarian and invited others to do the same, and being Rotarians!”
The Treehouse's very own Yvonne Vasquez updated Rotarians on our latest research, and fielded questions from community members about childhood cancer and the organizations which work hard to support children with cancer and their families.

Pictured (L-R) Tanya Krause, Superintendent of Scott Valley Unified School District; Steve Walpole, Chief of the Scotts Valley Police Department; Yvonne Vasquez, Jr. Specialist with the Treehouse Childhood Cancer Initiative; Joe Lavelle, Retired NASA Project Manager and Cindy Schuette, President Scotts Valley Rotary.
Scotts Valley Rotary members Cindy Schuette, our President, Steve Walpole, the Police Chief, and Denny Reber, Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, celebrate with Rotarian Tanya Krause at the Chamber of Commerce Mid-Winter Masquerade 2019 - Community Awards Gala.
Tanya Krause, Superintendent of the SVUSD received the Annette Marcum Woman of the Year Award. Congratulations Tanya!
Virginia ‘Gine’ Johnson. She is a Policy Analyst for the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors. http://www.co.santa-cruz.ca.us/…/BoardofSupe…/District5.aspx

She started with the County 7 years ago and prior to that she was CEO/ Executive Director of Ecology Action. https://ecoact.org/
She is a climate change leader and was instrumental in helping to develop the Monterrey Bay Community Power. https://www.mbcommunitypower.org/
Gine was educated at UC Berkeley and has received numerous awards including Women the Year Award for the SC Area Chamber of Commerce and Governors Environmental and Economic Leadership Award. She is married to Bill Holl, has a son, daughter and two beautiful granddaughters!

The Scotts Valley Rotary thanks Assist International, Bay Federal Credit Union, and the Santa Cruz County Bank for being donor advertisers for our Chico Bag project- a reusable grocery bag to be used instead of many single-use-plastic bags.

The Chico bag project started a few years ago concurrently with the formation of the Sustainability Committee to help educate people about plastic pollution in the ocean.

These bags are produced in Chico, CA, and can carry up to 25 pounds. We give it to our speakers, and sell it to Rotary members for $5.00 each to keep spreading the word!

The Rotary of Scotts Valley and of San Lorenzo Valley in a joined Christmas Party at the home of Ron and Cindy Sekkel! Fun and joy!!
Thank you to those who turned in donations for Second Harvest Food Holiday Drive. So far we collected $104 which amounts to 416 meals for the hungry.

Brooke Newman made a presentation about DST (Downtown Streets Team) in Santa Cruz.


Downtown Streets Team helps bring hope and dignity for those who are homeless. Team members work side by side with community volunteers in some cases to clean our streets. They receive vouchers for a variety of services including job counseling and health services.
Teams have helped to clean Santa Cruz Downtown, San Lorenzo River area, Felton area near river & more. When surveyed about what the hardest part of experiencing homelessness is, the No. 1 answer was the way people look at them or— more often avoid looking at them.


Steve Walpole, Joe Lavelle & Randy Klein
“3 wisemen and one wise woman sang holiday music for residents at Brookdale, Scotts Valley.
Had fun singing with residents!” Cindy Schuette

Congratulations to the Scotts Valley High School to open up a salad bar at its cafeteria! 😊👍👏👏👏

“SALINAS, Calif. – On Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at Scotts Valley High School and San Benito High School, the Grower-Shipper Association Foundation (GSAF) joined representatives from the districts and local produce companies, to announce the donation and placement of two, new salad bars each at Scotts Valley High School and San Benito High School.”

Tanya Krause, Superintendent of Scotts Valley School District, Quincie Gourley, Marketing Coordinator, Taylor Farms, Shawn Coats, Food Service Supervisor, Scotts Valley School District, Rick Bravo, Sales & Marketing at Ocean Mist.

“The Grower-Shipper Association Foundation coordinated the donations with the United Fresh Start Foundation, a founding partner of the national Salad Bars to Schools initiative, which works with the produce industry to bring salad bar to schools across the country. The Salad Bars to Schools initiative has created a national movement to encourage more schools to implement salad bars, while to date has helped facilitate the donation of salad bars to over 5,600 schools, benefitting 3 million children in all fifty states.

State Assemblyman Mark Stone spoke about our State budget, budget priorities including senior programs, education, affordable housing, homelessness need for regional plan. Mark works diligently representing our District. We plan to invite him back since meeting attendees had more questions.” Cindy Schuette

George Haas, Vice-President of the Scotts Valley Senior Life Association made a presentation and outlined great programs where our Rotary Club, the Interact, and the SVHS can join forces to benefit the seniors, the students, and the community.

“The SVSLA is 100 per cent funded by tax deductible donations. All of our members are volunteers. So, we have no overhead, other than expenses directly related to the projects we sponsor.”

Visit the Association website for their mission and on going programs at: http://scottsvalleyseniorlife.org/

“George Haas has been a resident of Scotts Valley for 28 years. He has two grown children, a son and a daughter, who attended Scotts Valley schools and recently graduated from Cal and UCLA, respectively. He has over 16 years experience in the insurance industry, serving now as a financial advisor with an emphasis on retirement planning and investment. His most recent studies deal with new legal and ethical standards to protect the rights of senior citizens during the financial advisory process. Currently he is an active member of the Scotts Valley Senior Center. He is using his special talents as a photographer to record SVSLA activities.”

Tina Friend, the City Manager for the City of Scotts Valley made a great presentation regarding the state of the City. “The updated General Plan for the city is in the works and will be completed within the year. The biggest problem facing the City of Scotts Valley is government funding.” Bill Holl
“At the City of Santa Cruz, Ms. Friend served as the Chief Operating Officer and oversaw the day-to-day operations of six departments and over 100 staff members, including the Planning and Community Development, Economic Development and Finance Departments, helped develop the annual $250 million budget and implementation of a fiscal sustainability plan, and other projects including the Warriors basketball arena, public safety initiatives, strategic planning, community engagement, and housing policy. She served on regional boards and committees such as the Santa Cruz Animal Shelter, Chamber of Commerce, Santa Cruz Public Libraries, 9-1-1 Center and United Way, and cultivated strong partnerships with countywide leaders in public safety, tourism, neighborhood groups, business and non-profits, and local and state government. Ms. Friend holds a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from Georgetown University and a Juris Doctor Degree from Santa Clara University School of Law.

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